Knoxville fire: Dogs rescued from recycling plant evacuation zone

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Kristen Green drove up to a barricaded street with tears in her eyes, watching smoke fill the sky for miles, with no idea if her home was even standing. All she could think of was her two dogs were still inside her home, on a street that had already been evacuated. 

“These dogs are my life,” she said.

After a Knoxville Police Officer escorted Kristen back to her home, she was able to run inside and grab both dogs.

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“He walked me back there, he made sure that there was nothing else that could cause any harm before we walked the street and then let me in and I went,” Kirsten said. 

Kirsten’s house is right next to Fort Loudon Waste & Recycling Plant – facing it from the back side. 

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When asked what she could see from inside her home, “Black. Black from smoke,” said Kristen. 

As for a plan now that both dogs are accounted for and everyone is evacuated. Kristen says she and her husband plan to stay in Chattanooga – their dogs included. 

“We don’t know yet we’ll figure it out as it comes… that’s the plan that’s how it’s always been,” said Kirsten. “You just go with it.”

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